Lera Lynn

Lera Lynn

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The voice, the songs, the sound, the looks, Lera Lynn has all you could need or want in an excellent performer. Edgy and yet delicate, her songs touch on candid confessions and heavy-hearted lamentations, even with a sometimes playful tone. No matter the moment, Lynn delivers with equal prowess.

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Biography

When Lera Lynn takes the stage, there is an undeniable feeling that she is something different – something special. Her sultry voice has a way of wrapping around melodies, enveloping the listener in her lyrics, rife with a plainspoken yet cutthroat honesty. When combined with her chordings, which are distinct, original and timeless in their own right, what is revealed is a songwriting craftsman already well on her way to establishing a niche that is very much her own.

In March 2011, Lera Lynn released her debut solo album, Have You Met Lera Lynn?, to international acclaim. Hand picked from Lynn’s collection of songs written over the previous decade, the album elucidates a painstaking inventory of past experiences, as well as artistic challenges in her present pursuits, and her hopes for the future. The opening track, “Whiskey,” is in fact one of Lynn's oldest songs, a portrayal of a young girl trying to cope in an environment of addiction and denial. Fast forward to the present in “Good Hearted Man” and find that girl fully grown and brazenly facing an increasingly hostile world.

Lynn won the 2011 Chris Austin Songwriting Competition held at Merlefest for her song, “Bobby, Baby,” sharing the honor with such alumni as Gillian Welch & Tift Merrit. “Bobby, Baby” also won an award for Best Alt. Country Song in the 10th Annual Independent Music Awards Vox Pop poll, which is determined not by judges but by online fan voting. Just as important to her, Lynn walked away with "Best Americana Artist” at her hometown of Athens, GA's 2011 Flagpole Music Awards, quite the distinction in a town so saturated with musical talent.

Lynn kicked off 2012 by releasing two brand new songs, one a cover of June Carter’s, “Ring of Fire” and the other an original tune, “Don’t Make Me Wait”. Both tracks are currently offered as a free download from her website. In May 2012, Lynn will enter a studio in Athens, GA to record a host of new songs that will make up her sophomore release.

Lynn and her band will be hard at work on the road this year touring across the entirety of the US and UK, playing prestigious events like NPR’s Mountain Stage, Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion, Cambridge Folk Festival, and supporting the likes of K.D. Lang, Joan Osborne, Sarah Jarosz, Todd Snider, Sam Bush, Paul Thorn, JJ Grey & Mofro, and Band of Heathens.

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Lyrics

Bobby, Baby

Written By: Lera Lynn

There’s a bump on the hill, where your body lies
There’s a stone in the ground, reads this man did try
If you look to the east, you see your estate
Weathered and hollowed out by your mistakes

Oh Bobby, baby we all know the truth
You were looking for love in all the bad that you’d do
Bobby, baby, we all know the deal
Your row was hard and long and straight up a hill

Your mother was gone
Your daddy did wrong
Your brother died by his own hand
Your wife tried so long
But you she disowned
Your daughter was lost with your land, with your land

Every once in awhile, I still can see
Your blue eyes searching a way to be free
And I go to your grave, bottle in hand
And pour out your freedom right there in the sand

Oh Bobby, baby we all know the truth
You were looking for love in all the bad that you’d do
Bobby, baby, we all know the deal
Your row was hard and long and straight up a hill

Your mother was gone
Your daddy did wrong
Your brother died by his own hand
Your wife tried so long
But you she disowned
Your daughter was lost with your land, with your land

Discography

Bobby, Baby, Single, Released 2010
Have You Met LERA LYNN? LP, Released March 2011
Ring of Fire EP, Released February 2012

Set List

Whiskey
Happy Ever After
Gasoline
Fire and Undertow
Bobby, Baby
Good Hearted Man
Paper Anchor
I Tried To Leave You, by L. Cohen
For the Ride
You and Me Alone
Wolf Like Me, by TV On The Radio
Honestly
Letters